Victoria Wolff, Austin cello teacher and cellist

Teaching Experience:

Victoria has participated in Master classes given by such great cellists as Yo-yo Ma, Stephen Doane, Anner Bylsma, and Matt Haimovitz, along with countless others and has been enriched with the legacy handed to her by Leonard Rose' successor, Harvey Shapiro, whose own teacher played with Johannes Brahms.

Victoria gleaned the techniques and teaching skills needed to mentor her students from world-renowned pedagogue Professor Emeritus Phyllis Young. She participated in the student/teacher program founded by Phyllis Young called The University of Texas String Project for many years, which trains graduate students to be able to teach in all areas such as music theory, repetoire, conducting and the Suzuki method. During her graduate career Victoria also served as a teaching assistant to Phyllis Young, and accompanied her to Biarritz, France, to participate in The International String Workshops. As a professional, Victoria has taught private lessons since 2000, as well as chamber music and cello literature at Baylor University. She worked at Baylor as Adjunct Professor to Doctor Gary Hardie from 2008-2014, when she took a leave of absence to have her second child. In 2008 Victoria started an ensemble which one student lovingly named "The Wolff Tones". It is a cello choir that plays all genres from rock to contemporary to classical. She has coached numerous chamber groups and hosts bi-annual recitals and opportunities for her students to perform.

Victoria is an enthusiastic performer and enjoyed being on the 'on-call' list for the Austin Symphony and numerous other ensemble groups in Austin when she lived there. In the summers she was regularly invited to perform with the Chintiminee Chamber Music Festival held in Corvallis, Oregon, before she moved to Corvallis permanently.

Victoria teaches all kinds of students, ranging from the adult beginner to ambitious young cellists. Whether someone is just enjoying the adventure of picking up a new instrument, or on a serious track towards a professional music career, Victoria passionately tries to meet people on an individual basis. She has the tools that are essential to helping people navigate the often challenging journey of learning a string instrument. She is non-judgmental, patient and loves to share with others the joy and wonder of our classical inheritance. As the recipient of a generous grant from the Pastega Family, Victoria is able to offer the unique opportunity of free chamber music coaching to local young people in the Corvallis area.

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Victoria Wolff Austin cello teacher, cello instructor in Oregon